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Life and Work with Julia Baggish

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julia Baggish.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I moved to LA in 2014 from New York. Some quick backstory: I grew up active (I rode horses and worked out/did Pilates), but was never athletic. When I moved to the city, I got into group exercise and used it as a way to create community. Sooner than later, my life revolves around my gym friends, and shortly after that, I started teaching group fitness. I’ve had many stints from aqua cycling, to indoor cycling, to HIIT, sculpt and fitness boxing. Los Angeles opened a new chapter for me as I stared to train in boxing for the amateur circuit. I currently teach group fitness in downtown LA and Agoura Hills and am a private trainer.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Well, smooth is a relative word right? In all respects, yes I’ve been dealt a pretty strong hand of cards, but going against the mold is hard for anyone. My upbringing taught me that success was limited to a professional career, so there was some opposition from my family when I was working as a trainer instead of going to medical school. I think most people want to make their parents proud and do the “right thing” and it can be hard to pave your own path. My advice to anyone struggling is to be your biggest cheerleader and promoter. The same things aren’t right for everyone, so find what works for you. We know women get treated very differently in most work environments, and fitness (particularly certain spheres of fitness) is no exception. Don’t let other people’s actions affect your professionalism and worth.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with your business – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a fitness instructor and private trainer. I represent everyone I think! I am a normal person, with no “natural” talent and living proof that if you work hard you can be anything you want to be!

Who have you been inspired by?
My nearest and dearest. My mom, my friends, anyone living and adjusting to create and define their own definition of success. Celebrity idolization has never been my thing. It’s way more exciting to see people you know personally doing extraordinary things.

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Lauren Diaz-Yi

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